Okay, first I have to tell you about the funny not-so-great-score. Everybody’s been posting goals all over the blogosphere and so I thought maybe I should make at least one goal for the next year. I’ve been pretty impressed with my running around these hills–my ability to keep running without my legs getting too tired or getting too out of breath. But I was still very slow. ‘Its just ’cause of the hills’ I thought. ‘I bet I would be really fast on level ground.’ Which led me to muse about setting a goal to run one mile in 10 minutes.
So today after church, I decided to check it out. I found the local high school track, and THERE WAS NO ONE THERE! (Remember, I am the shy exerciser.) I had my pedometer in my pocket. That track looked SO BIG. ‘I bet once around is a mile.’ Sadly it was about a quarter mile. I will make this sad story very short. It still took me 17 minutes to run/walk one mile. I don’t think its realistic for me to set a goal of a 10 minute mile. Feel free to opinionate here.
Some people did show up while I was trudging running around the track. Maybe that’s what slowed me down. Or their cute dog running around. Or the fact that I didn’t have my exercise bra on. Yeah. That’s why I was so slow. They asked me, ‘ma’am, do you think we’d get in trouble if we set off a rocket here?’ I was kinda surprised, but I said, ‘this is the first time I’ve ever been here, but I am a big fan of the movie October Sky. Of course those kids got in trouble in the movie, but at the end they were the heros.’ I really said all that. They probably didn’t even know what the heck I was talking about. I did leave after a mile, because it did make me a little nervous that I might get bonked in the head by a rocket. I think that happened in the movie too. I did hear the rocket go off as I was walking back to the car, and I heard the little kid yelling, ‘THAT WAS AWESOME!’ I clapped for them. Fun.
On my way home, I noticed the local thrift store was open and I decided to stop in. THAT’S where I scored bigtime! I love the old revereware pans like we had growing up, but they are really hard to find. I had one little one that I found quite a few years ago, and have never found one since then. They had a big one there for $3.50! And, I got a dog bowl for Noah for 50 cents, a nice half-size casserole for $1.50, and A HOT AIR POPCORN POPPER for $1.50! I’ve really been wanting to try one of these since I gave up my microwave popcorn. Oh, and I got a nice pair of Liz Claiborne jeans on ‘half-price sale’ for $2.25. You gotta love the thrift store.
I remembered to get some PVC pipe to run my electrical cords through to keep you-know-who from gnawing on them. It would be terrible if I couldn’t get to my computer for a day because the cords had a hole in them…
ZUCCHINI FETTUCCINE – This stuff was GREAT yesterday. Fun to make and VERY QUICK, and definitely makes pasta sauce something you can enjoy more frequently.
YOGURT UPDATE – When I was visiting with Noah’s ‘mom’ she brought her yogurt in in something called a Yogotherm. Basically all it is is a styrofoam container to ‘incubate’ the yogurt and keep it at an even temperature. Which just made me think that one of those cheap styrofoam coolers might be a good thing to have around to incubate your yogurt in. They even had one at the thrift store for a dollar. For now I am doing just fine with my microwave method. But this might work well for some of you. My fresh milk (or raw milk) yogurt is quite decadent. I am probably going to have to be careful how much I eat of this. Here is a decadent, but low-cal way to use the ‘strained’ or Greek yogurt.
Mix greek yogurt with sweetener of choice. Put unsweetened cocoa powder in another dish. (Vicky recommends using a really good grade of cocoa, like Valrhona. Dip strawberries in the yogurt, then the cocoa powder, and voila!
THE NOAH REPORT – Two nights of letting me sleep through the night–A plus plus! Only one accident in the house, which was completely my fault. But this boy is a gnawing MACHINE. You will probably hear a few posts over the next few months about ‘what Noah ate.’